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This is why the BMD shield at Vandenberg adn Ft. Greely is essential.
Originally posted by ArchAngel
If North Korea were to nuke America it would not aim at a city.
They would instead aim at the sky.
The HEMP [High-altitude ElectroMagnetic Pulse] bomb is the most effective use of a limited number of nukes in an attack against America.
With a small number they could send us back to the stone age.
[edit on 26-9-2005 by ArchAngel]
It would only take one. Iran happens to have the the other half of the needed equation. They could launch it from any where in the ocean that is somewhat close to us and we are back in the 1800's people. Only not too many people know how to live with out electricity any more.
Originally posted by Regenmacher
Presumptions that the DPRK can't launch from subs or ships doesn't make for a sane battleplan. They have plenty of missile frigates and diesel electric subs.
That and nuking N. Korea is not an option unless you want to spread fallout on China and risk retaliation. Low yield nukes still spread fallout.
Best hope this is all smoke and mirrors.
Originally posted by AmethystWolf
I can't say that I blame North Korea for wanting to have the same weapons that we do. I'm not sure where the US got the idea that our country is the only one entitled to weapons of mass destruction. Personally, I feel that these weapons should be banned all together, but allowing only one country to have them isn't the answer either. I think the US has become a terrible bully and more countries are going to take this stand in the future. Scary stuff for sure.
Both sides will cooperate to replace the DPRK's graphite-moderated reactors and related facilities with light-water
reactor (LWR) power plants.
1) In accordance with the October 20, 1994 letter of assurance from the U.S. President, the U.S. will undertake to make arrangements for the provision to the DPRK of a LWR project with a total generating capacity of approximately 2,000 MW(e) by a target date of 2003.
-- The U.S. will organize under its leadership an international consortium to finance and supply the LWR project to
be provided to the DPRK. The U.S., representing the international consortium, will serve as the principal point of
contact with the DPRK for the LWR project.
-- The U.S., representing the consortium, will make best efforts to secure the conclusion of a supply contract with the DPRK within six months of the date of this Document for the provision of the LWR project. Contract talks will begin as soon as possible after the date of this Document.
-- As necessary, the U.S. and the DPRK will conclude a bilateral agreement for cooperation in the field of peaceful uses of nuclear energy.
2) In accordance with the October 20, 1994 letter of assurance from the U.S. President, the U.S., representing the consortium, will make arrangements to offset the energy foregone due to the freeze of the DPRK's graphite-moderated reactors and related facilities, pending completion of the first LWR unit.
-- Alternative energy will be provided in the form of heavy oil for heating and electricity production.
-- Deliveries of heavy oil will begin within three months of the date of this Document and will reach a rate of 500,000 tons annually, in accordance with an agreed schedule of deliveries.